Boys and Girls Club hosts “Open House” today
The Boys and Girls Club of American Samoa is hosting an “Open House” today at their clubhouse on the Tafuna Airport Road from 2p.m. - 5p.m.
The event is a celebration that aims to promote the importance of after school programs that “keep kids safe, help working families, and inspire learning.”
The “LIGHTS ON” after school program provides opportunities for young people to develop into successful adults.
Everyone is invited to attend, to witness first hand the academic and enrichment programs the BGCAS offers the territory’s youth. Copyrighted programs include Project Learn Homework Power Hour, Triple Play Health and Fitness Program, SMART (Skills, Mastery, and Resistance Training) Moves, Life Skills and Tackling Tough Skills Training, Keystone and Torch Leadership Clubs, and Club Tech, which teaches computer graphics, video editing and music composition.
Enrollment in the BGCAS costs $50 per year and entitles participants to full use of clubhouse facilities and programs from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. In addition to enrichment and educational programs, club members also enjoy fun activities like foosball and board games.
Club employees and volunteer youth carry out mentoring and Tutoring, including current ASCC students and college graduates.
Today’s event is not limited to American Samoa, as over one million Americans will also be promoting and celebrating the importance of after school programs on this day.
In addition to the open house, a canned goods drive is also being carried out. Items that are collected will be donated to the Hope House at Fatuoaiga.
The BGCAS provides a safe place for children to learn and grow. This past summer, enrollment for the program reached 200 members from 6-18 years old representing different villages across the territory.
The BGCAS also has a Community School Project with instruction in math, English, and life skills lessons for the students at the Tafuna Juvenile Detention Center.
Currently, the BGCAS is looking for a donated vehicle to help transport children and mentors, and for club operations. The donated vehicle, which is IRS tax deductible, will display the donor’s name.
One of the highlights for the BGCAS is having local student Mentee Fa’avae Leomiti, of Pava’ia’i and Nuuuli, featured on the Boys and Girls Club national website <www.afterschoolalliance.org>
Parents who are interested in registering their kids to be part of the BGCAS can pick up an application at the clubhouse or have an electronic copy sent via email.
The BGCAS is chartered from the National Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and is governed by a Board of Directors that consists of 15 members representing the community, government, and private sector. Former First Lady Mary Ann Tulafono heads the Board.
According to Salima Eucharist Reupena, Project Coordinator for the EUDL program, the mission and vision of the BGCAS is "to inspire and enable young people, especially those who need us the most to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. BGCAS provides exceptional development and enrichment programs for American Samoa's youth.
Their main impact areas are academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles.
The BGCAS is a non-profit organization that operates on grants and donations.
More information on the BCGAS can be obtained by calling 699-2222 or logging on to <www.bgcas.org>
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